Which Audio formats are worth it?

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  1. Chris Tsutsui

    Chris Tsutsui Screenwriter

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    I'm finally in the market for a receiver and am overwhelmed at the number of surround modes available from different receivers. I just wanted to see what formats do most people find they use/like the most.

    I know Dolby 5.1 is pretty much the standard for movies and I'm sure whatever receiver I choose will have it. But what about Dolby Digital EX or THX Surround EX. The receivers I'm looking at don't have those... So does that mean if I play Star wars TPM on an HK 520, there will be no back channel because the receiver doesn't have DD EX decoding?

    Why are there receivers with 7.1 pre-amp outs that don't have many formats that support the back channel? Is there a format that artifically creates the back 2 channels from a 5.1 source?

    Another question is has anyone listened to surrounds only and compared formats? I was wondering if people could actually tell a difference between matrix and discrete.

    I'm thinking of getting the HK 520 and using a 2ch amp for the surrounds but am worried that my DVDs will never use the back channels. Which would be a good reason to buy a 5.1 only receiver and save a bundle of money.
     
  2. Juan_R

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    I would make sure that what ever receiver you choose has Prologic II, DTS-ES and DD-EX. THX would be nice but not really necessary. Of course you need to have at least a 6.1 receiver for DTS-ES and DD-EX.

    Receivers that have 7.1, output the same effects out of both rear speakers. If you have the room it is nice to have.
     
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    The two most important factors here are how many speakers are you looking to drive and how much do you want to pay for the receiver. I recently upgraded from an older Dolby 5.1 receiver to one that does DTS and DPLII. I'm not looking to add any more speakers so I was able to save a few hundred bucks by getting a lower model that didn't include DTS-ES or DD-EX.
     
  4. Blake R

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    Chris,

    I've had the AVR 520 since last December. This is my second HK. It does not have THX processing but I don't lose sleep over it. The performance has been outstanding and the DTS Neo 6 and Logic 7 are really quite good. The big surprise has been the DPLII Music mode. It is outstanding and I use it exclusively for CD's and satellite music channels. The DSP ambience modes(Hall and Theater) are useless however. I am not particularly concerned about extended audio formats. If it becomes necessary I will buy an amp and make use of the HK's upgrade pre-outs.
     
  5. Geoff S

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    Hey Chris,

     

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